It’s been quite a ride so far for former Gonzaga Bulldogs pitcher Marco Gonzales. Just over a year after being named the WCC Co-Player of the Year and being drafted by the Saint Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Gonzales is pitching in the MLB playoffs.
Gonzales had a very fast rise through the minors and dominated batters at every level. He debuted with the Cardinals in late June, and he got a few spot starts throughout the regular season. By September he was getting regular work as a reliever, and he made the Cardinals playoff roster heading into the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If you blinked you might have missed it, but Gonzales actually had a stellar series against the Dodgers. He threw a scoreless inning in three of the four games, and he picked up two wins including a victory in the decisive game four. That’s right, while the world was watching in awe as Matt Adams hit a go-ahead home run off the great Clayton Kershaw, Gonzales was celebrating the chance to pick up his second playoff win in the dugout.
Gonzales has a great shot to be one of the first WCC players to have a big role in the MLB playoffs and capture a World Series ring. If the Cardinals get into a long series, we might see Gonzales get a start. But even if he doesn’t, he gaining the trust of the Cardinals more and more. He should be a very reliable arm heading into the NLCS starting today against the San Francisco Giants.
Be sure to keep a lookout for the former Bulldog. We should plenty more of him as the playoffs continue.